Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reading Chair

Hello everyone! I still have some CHA samples to share, that I made for Eileen Hull using her Sizzix Cherished Collection.
This is a cozy fabric-covered reading chair made with the 3-D Chair die. I used Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric to cover the mat board chair and just added some simple embellishment and ink. This is such a fun die, and can fit lots of themes. You can choose whether you use the rocking chair feet or not and you can made the seat into a little box and fill with a gift or sweets. 

The chair was die cut from cream mat board and I used a glue stick to glue fabric to the mat board. The large part was covered back and front. I frayed the edges and inked with Gathered Twigs. The rocking chair feet were also inked with Gathered Twigs.
Assemble the chair using strong adhesive. I also added a few mini staples, to make sure everything was safely stuck.

Since the Scoreboards dies both cuts and scores the material, it is very easy to assemble the chair.
As you know, I like adding photos to my projects and I had the perfect photo for this project, of my son reading in the sofa. I also cut a little pillow from cream felt.

A Chit Chat sticker and two gears gave the finishing touches.
Thank you for looking!
Happy Crafting!
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Chair
Fabric: Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements
Ink: Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Sprocket Gears, Mini Gears, Long Fasteners, Chit Chat stickers

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Bird Burlap Panel

Hi and welcome! This week we are taking flight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog with our Winged Things challenge.

My project this week is a textured bird burlap panel using mainly green and yellow, because I was in a spring mood. I love birds and wanted to ink up Tim Holtz Bird Feather stamp set again. For the background, I used Wendy Vecchi's new Crackled Texture Paste, which I have been having fun with lately (check out my Tall Grungy Houses and Crackled Frameworks tutorials). I took some step photos.

I started by smearing gesso on a 4 x 6 burlap panel.

When the gesso was dry, I smeared Crackled Textured Paste on the canvas, making it thicker in some places and thinner in other.

When the paste dries, crackles appear. I painted it with watered-down Distress Paints (Mustard Seed, Bundle Sage, Peeled Paint).

The crackle background was stamped with Archival Ink and a text background stamp. I made sure that the word 'art' would be visible in three places.

The bird was inked with Saffron, Leaf Green and Fern Green, starting with the lightest ink. I stamped it on Specialty Stamping Paper.

I covered grungeboard with Tim Holtz patterned paper. The smaller 8 x 8 prints work great for this, since the patterns are smaller and work better on die cuts. Two leafy branches were die cut.

The branches were inked with Distress Ink, not covering them completely.

I made a nest for the bird with dyed crinkle ribbon and Linen ribbon. If you pull the linen ribbon sideways, it gets broader and gets a more random look. I also frayed the edges.

For a sentiment, I used a Word Band with yellow paint rubbed into the words. The burlap panels have a wood background, which means that you can screw things into them, and I used a Screw Eye to hang the Swivel Clasp from.

A wood veneer potty lady stands on one of the leaves.

The Crackled Paste gives such a cool texture and it looks great together with the burlap.

From the Swivel Clasp, an Ornate Plate is hanging. It was painted with Distress Paints and sanded slightly when dry. I placed a small childhood photo of myself in the frame, taken during spring. There is a transparency in front of the photo, to protect it.

The Sprocket Gear was also painted with Distress Paint. I cut a small yellow circle, added a rub-on to it and placed it in a Memo Pin. It was coated with Glossy Accents for shine and when dry, placed within the gear, to look like a flower.

I hope you will join us this week in our Feathered challenge and don't miss checking out the wonderful projects by my fellow DT members. As always, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Happy crafting!!


Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Burlap Panels 4 x 6, Grungeboard, Menagerie 8 x 8 paper stash; Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
Dies: Sizzix: Garden Greens
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Bird Feather, Classics #4
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Fern Green, Leaf Green, Saffron; Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive
Paint: Distress Paint: Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous: Crackled Textured Paste; Dina Wakley Ranger White Gesso
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Word Bands, Crinkle Ribbon, Linen Ribbon, Memo Pins, Swivel Clasps, Sprocket Gears, Screw Eyes, Ornate Plates; Studio Calico Wood Veneer: Potty People

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Breathe Watercolour Layout

Hello Saturday! I hope you will get some crafty time this weekend! Maybe make a layout for this week's CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge. Darkroom Door is sponsoring CSI this month. Here's the case file:
My layout:
I clicked on the magnetic poetry inspiration link and had a really fun time making a little poem. Try it out, there are different categories. I did the nature one since I love being outdoors (and haven't been able to do that to the same extent recently because of knee issues). From the evidence I used: jewels, hearts and fabric. There is an oops in the title of this layout...I kept thinking there should be an 'e' at the end 'breathe', but forgot to add it.

I started with watercolour paper, and smeared modeling paste through a Prima bicycle stencil with a palette knife. When the paste was dry, I painted the background with yellow and orange watercolours, adding some teal splatters.

My little magnetic poetry journaling piece. I also found a sticker that fit really well, both with the colours and the sentiment.

The teal paper behind the photos was also painted with watercolours. When dry, I stamped it with trees from the Gum Trees and Trees sets, as well as with a new script texture stamp. The stamps were inked with Peacock Feathers and misted with water before stamping. Love these tree stamps.

The strip behind the teal panel was embossed in a woodgrain folder and I also added a strip of washi tape. The photos were layered on cheese cloth, for some added texture. I like the organic and free-flowing look of cheese cloth.

Thank you for looking! Enjoy your weekend!


Surfaces: Daler & Rowney Watercolour Paper
Stamps: Darkroom Door: Gum Trees, Trees, French Script Texture
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Bricked & Woodgrain
Ink: Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers
Paint: Daler & Rowney watercolours
Medium: Golden Artist Paint: Molding Paste
Stencil: Prima Bicycles 12 x 12
Embellishments: Kelly Purkey: Red Chevron Washi Tape; Bazzill sticker

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Grungy Tall Houses Tutorial

Hi and welcome! I have another tutorial for you today, for two grungy 3-D tall houses, made with dies, mat board, fun mediums and metal embellishments. This month's Eileen Hull Art With Heart challenge is April Showers. There is a fun prize to be won, so join us!
Ever since I first saw the 3-D Blocks dies, I wanted to use them to make houses. Last year, I made an Easter House with the largest block die (you can find a tutorial here), and now I was planning to make two tall apartment type buildings. The plan was to make these in spring colours and add some flowers, but the project got its own life and wanted to be something different, quite grungy and not at all springy. You can use bright colours instead and get a totally different look. 
I love to make houses, you can find more houses here: Where the Heart Is Tutorial, Yellow 3-D Brick House Tutorial, and Winder Wonderland. Let's start!
Die cut six of each of the two smaller blocks on the 3-D Blocks/Cubes die. The die has three different sizes and the quickest thing is to die cut all the sizes six times and then use the larger boxes for a later project (I used one of them here). On the photo, you just see the medium-sized die cuts.

A house needs windows and a door, and I used the Windows and the Mini Openings Movers & Shapers dies for this. Hold them in place with masking tape and die cut using the base tray. Remember that one of the windows will be facing the other direction, because of the way the blocks are assembled.

On the smaller size blocks, I used a window and the door from Mini Openings.

I like to add 'real' windows to my houses and my favourite material to use for that is mica. You can also use a transparency, vellum or Frosted Film.

As curtains, I used different pieces of ribbons, one type for each floor in the buildings.

Use a strong adhesive to assemble the blocks, I used Ranger's Wonder Tape.

I glued the houses together with multi-medium, placing them under a heavy book for a little while, one floor at a time.
And now the fun really begins! Smear the smaller house with Wendy Vecchi's Crackled Texture Paste. I did two sides at a time. Cover the joints too.

Press small metallic embellishments into the paste. When the two sides dried, you can do the remaining two sides.

When it dries, the crackles appear like magic, such cool stuff. You might find that some of the embellishments fall off when the paste is dry, simply glue them back with Glossy Accents. Since there is an impression, they stick easily.

I wanted a different texture on the big house and used Coarse Molding Paste, which has a great gritty and rough texture. Smear the house with a palette knife, two sides at a time, same as with the smaller house. The metallic embellishments will stay stuck on this one. You can also use Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste.

Leave to dry overnight and paint with watered down Pumice Stone Distress Paint, using a paint brush. This is where my houses turned from spring themed to grungy.

When the Pumice Stone paint is dry, dry-brush the house here and there with Black Soot, to increase the texture.

To paint the crackled house, water down Iced Spruce and Black Soot paint. Work one section at a time, and first paint with Iced Spruce, using a paint brush. Then drop in the Black Soot, and because there is already watery paint on the paste, the black paint will seep into the cracks and emphasise them. Wipe off with a moist cloth.
Rub white paint into the words on the metallic embellishments to make them more visible. I also dabbed a little bit of Broken China here and there on the metal pieces, using my finger, just to add a touch of colour.

Paint two doors black and give them a tiny screw brad as a handle. Attach a strip of cardstock at the back and adhere the remaining strip to the inside of the house, so that the doors are slightly ajar.

It is a little tricky getting the door stuck, I used a plastic palette knife to press the cardstock strip on the inside. The houses needed numbers of course, these are from Prima.

Love the curtains peeking through the mica windows. The blue paint adds a distressed look to the metal embellishments. You could also use black paint.

Even though you covered the joints between the floors, they will still be visible when it is dry. I liked that extra detail.

Let's look at the other sides of the buildings. All the metallic embellishments are from Tim Holtz or Prima.

The flower looks nice with the blue paint. The Coarse Molding Paste has a great texture and it made the larger house pretty heavy.
The crackle texture is so cool. The thicker you apply the paste, the larger the cracks will be.

The small house is 4 1/4 x 1 1/2 in (12 x 4 cm) and the large one is 6 1/4 x 2 in (16 x 5.5 cm).

I love that you can see straight through the houses and into the rooms. I was even tempted to place a little Lego figurine inside one of the apartments, but he would have been stuck in there and that would not have been popular.
And the last two sides. If you paint the houses in different colours and use flowers or buttons instead of gears and screws and you will get a completely different look.

You could also add tiny photos to the houses and more sentiments and words than I did.

At the top of the houses, I used two round metal pieces. A clock Idea-ology piece would have looked great too, but I couldn't find the package.

All done, ready to be displayed or given as a gift.

Thank you for looking at this tutorial!

Happy crafting!


Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board 6 x 13
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Blocks/Cubes, Windows, Mini Openings
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous Crackled Texture Paste; Golden Artist Paint: Coarse Molding Paste
Paint: Distress Paint: Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Broken China, Picket Fence, Iced Spruce
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Game Spinners, Sprocket Gears, Mini Gears, Word Bands, Mini Fasteners, Pen Nibs, Word Sticks, Clothes Hangers; Prima: Sunrise Sunset: Mini Numbers, Mini Flowers, Flowers, Washers, Junkyard Findings: Clock Parts, Jeans Buttons, Screw Heads, Special Screws; 7 Gypsies mini keys; US ArtQuest Mica Sheets; ribbons and trim